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  • Summary: Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone or anything tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie's and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. (Fox Movies) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 13, 2010
    88
    The result, bolstered by strong acting and an intriguing back story, is an unqualified success. Love and Other Drugs may be the most honest romance to grace the screens during all of 2010.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Dec 13, 2010
    70
    In the end, this is a smart movie that could have been smarter. The script feels like it was a draft or so away from total clarity and focus. But the energy of the cast and a dive into an unfamiliar world make the movie rather addictive.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 13, 2010
    67
    They could have made a harder-hitting, more realistic film, but then no one would have gone to see it.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 13, 2010
    60
    Zwick can't seem to decide what the movie is - a refreshingly frank comedy about sex and commitment, or a more-serious look at illness and its effect on relationships.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 13, 2010
    60
    The film definitely gets it up, but has some commitment issues.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal are hotties with talent. And they maneuver through the daunting maze of shifting tones and intersecting plots of Love and Other Drugs like the pros they are.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 13, 2010
    20
    Buried somewhere in Zwick's film might be a topical modern romance, maybe even a health care satire, but you'd need to dig past layers of creative desperation to find it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 41
  2. Negative: 7 out of 41
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    10
    Love and Other Drugs is simply great. It is not definitely movie of the year, but it is also not the worst movie. I really like Jake and Anne, and they did a great job with this movie, but it has too mush sex scenes, it would be much better that not have it at every 10 minutes. Still, some of you say that this movie is bad, some that is great, for me it is not bad at all, but it could be much better. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2010
    9
    This movie was great. The more I think about it in retrospect, the more I appreciate the portrayal of the intimacy expressed in this film. The nudity was well-done, and not gratuitous in the least. Jake and Anne did a great job becoming "real people" and not just characters. See this movie and enjoy the beauty of a real relationship. Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2010
    7
    I thought this was a great re-telling of an oft-told story, and well acted. We kind of knew where it was going to go the entire movie, but story and acting were so good that they kept me engaged. Both these actors are really super and had great chemistry together. Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2012
    6
    This is not one of the all-time greats but, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys and appreciates the growth and development of great talent. With your two stars you have two great actors as they are just starting to reach their prime. For this reason alone, this move is worth making time to watch.

    The story was weak. Much of it was filled with distractions and poorly developed ideas. It could not decide on whether it was a love story, an indictment of "big-pharm", a comedy, a drama, or a pseudo-documentary of what it is like to love someone who is terminally ill. Regardless, worth seeing for the acting performances of its stars.
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  5. Dec 10, 2010
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Remember the commercials for Reeces Peanut Butter Cups(circa late-seventies) that ran on those long ago Saturday mornings in between the bad Hanna-Barbara cartoons, the ones which accentuated the recombination of peanut butter and chocolate like it was an alchemy for the ages? The two advocates for their respective goodies would bump into each other, then with mock outrage, offer up this exchange: "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter," and so on. "Love and Other Drugs", adapted from the Jamie Reidy memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman" is kind of like a Reeces Peanut Butter Cup; it's a mishmash of seemingly disparate ingredients, in which raunchy drollery collides with earnest histrionics, all under a timeshare tent pole that also houses social satire and romantic comedy to boot. At one end of the filmic spectrum, you have a scene where Jamie(Jake Gylenhaal), a pharmaceutical salesman with a "swinging d*ck", catching his younger brother Josh(Josh Gad) in the middle of some sexy "me time" with a a naughty video that the Phizer rep had made with his Parkinson's-riddled girlfriend Maggie(Anne Hathaway). And on the other end, you have the sequence in which the Stage One beauty discovers other Parkinson's survivors at a smaller convention, an encounter group, really, across the street from the official event she was attending with Jamie. The heartfelt testimonies, both funny and poignant, delivered by those afflicted with the degenerative disorder(that wrecks havoc on the central nervous system), deserve to be in a that deals with the illness on a full-time basis. Jamie, an agent for both the "peanut butter" and the "chocolate", is employed by the filmmaker extemporaneously to point out this imperfect fit, when the salesman(lacking the proper gravitas, as does this atonal film) chooses not to take a seat alongside Maggie, while the weightiness of the mass catharsis plays out. How can we take Jamie seriously after watching him with Josh? Back in the convention hall, Jamie bides his time at the refreshment table, the husband of a Stage Four patient confronts the partner in crime(peanut butter role)/sick girl's rock(chocolate role) with the lowdown on what to expect in the not-too-distant future. The husband likens the effects of the disease to a Russian novel. It's this forewarning, so full of tortured, unflinchingly honest words about the limits to love, which renders the climax, typical of all romantic comedies, where the man declares his love in some overdramatic and self-deprecating fashion, usually in public(thankfully, Maggie drives, not flies to Canada: no airports), as being even more factitious than normal. Inspired by Maggie's videotaped drivel, Jamie knows! JUST KNOWS!!! Maggie is the one, prompting Jamie to burn rubber on the freeway so he can flag down the bus. Showing more restraint than most, Jamie coaxes Maggie off the bus, out of earshot from the other passengers, before he tears into his overblown speech, the kind that typifies the rom-com genre, which is supposed to leave not a dry eye in the house. Sometimes it works(Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"), sometimes it doesn't(every movie since), as in the case here. While Jamie summarizes the notion that they should live for today in a language that Tarzan would understand("You. Us. This."), the laundry list of Parkinson's-related complications conveyed by the exhausted husband at the drug summit, systematically kills the fantasy of unconditional love that these rom-coms peddle on the moviegoers. As a result of the film's unexpected detour into docu-drama(the "Un-Convention" sequence recalls Todd Haynes' "Safe"), the happy-ever-after fallacy seems all the more naive. Worst of all, Jamie quits Phizer and applies to med school, which implies that Jamie will concoct the pill that will cure the disease. "Love and Other Drugs" shamelessly co-opts the disease as a vehicle to redeem an incorrigible p*ssy hound. Anne Hathaway almost makes this film work in spite of itself. Expand
  6. j30
    Sep 20, 2011
    4
    I wish Lucuna, Inc existed so I could erase this horrible romantic comedy out of my mind. The characters are thin and the plot is manipulatively stupid. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2011
    0
    This movie is simply embarrassing to watch, and must be the low point in both Gyllenhaal's and Hathaway's careers. Hard to understand why they would agree to act out this utter nonsense... Expand

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